I did it! I survived my first A to Z Challenge for April 2016. I’ll admit I had second thoughts.
April is, traditionally, a very busy time of year for me. My youngest daughter’s birthday is the third week of April. Each year I travel to Washington DC to celebrate with her. Other life issues came up this April, as well, but I bit the bullet and said, “You can do it.”
I learned a lot of things and met some great people, but a few things stood out for me. Here are my reflections.
My Top 10 Reflections on the Challenge:
- Preparation is the key to success. The minute I committed to the challenge, I began planning my topics.
- Themes varied widely among participants, but everyone I was able to visit taught me something.
- Reciprocity leads to new friends, resources, and opportunities.
- Reading the blogs of some many people helps you hone in on the types of blogs that support your interest (whatever that may be).
- There are as many styles of writing as they are voices and new ideas abound – if you’re willing to explore.
- Expectations and deadlines are the perfect incentives to write.
- Writing on a daily basis improves your organization, planning, and skill.
- You can’t form a habit overnight but writing for 26 days straight will take you to the half way mark of establishing a solid writing habit. Read more about creating new habits here.
9. Blogging, reading, visiting, responding, and sharing is time-consuming and may limit the time you have available for other works in progress (WIP).
10. Balance is the key. Setting priorities, making a schedule and sticking to it, is a must.
The 2016 A to Z Challenge has been an extraordinary experience for me. Thank you to Arlee Bird for creating this adventure, the hosts, co-hosts and teams who made this journey so enjoyable and successful. Thank you.